Woodham Academy has invested £250,000 in facilities as students returned to school this week.
Woodham says it has welcomed its largest ever year 7 cohort this new term, who will benefit from yet more investment in new and improved facilities, new expert teachers and a wider range of support staff.
Woodham Academy were excited to receive notification from the Department for Education that they have been selected to receive significant funding from central government, which will range from an extensive refurbishment of the existing building, a part rebuild or a full new build school.
They have just entered the first period of consultation regarding which course of action will be taken, with further information to follow in the new year.
“With this in mind, it is an exciting future for the school, but it is just as important to reassure their existing parents that they will continue to invest in the existing building,” said the school.
Over the summer, Woodham has spent a quarter of a million pounds by creating a new dining room, capable of seating over 500 students, a new ICT suite, a new food technology room and a range of new computers. Furthermore, their rolling programme of classroom refurbishment has continued, including new lighting and furnishings.
As the school roll increases, it is vital to recruit expert staff. And Woodham says it has attracted some of the very best staff in the area.
“The students at the school should receive the very best quality of teaching and pastoral support, and when looking to employ new staff, they set the benchmark very high,” added the school.
“In a time where many schools find it difficult to attract teachers in the shortage subjects of maths, science and ICT, Woodham Academy are delighted to be fully staffed once again.
“The future for Woodham Academy continues to look bright, but we’re always focussed on improvement.”